news from Google

Paul Ferguson fergdawgster at gmail.com
Sun Dec 6 19:37:24 CST 2009


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On Sun, Dec 6, 2009 at 5:30 PM, Danny McPherson <danny at tcb.net> wrote:

>
> I think one of the things that concerns me most with Google
> validating and jumping on the DNS "open resolver" bandwagon
> is that it'll force more folks (ISPs, enterprises and end
> users alike) to leave DNS resolver IP access wide open.
> Malware already commonly changes DNS resolver settings to
> rogue resolvers, and removes otherwise resident malcode from
> the end system to avoid detection by AV and the like.
>
> One of the primary recommendations I give to enterprises is to
> force use of internal resolvers, and log all other attempted
> DNS resolution queries elsewhere, it's a quick way to detect
> some compromised systems.  [...]

Indeed -- as this is exactly what we have seen, as discussed in the good
white paper by Antoine Schonewille and Dirk-Jan van Helmond in 2006 (I've
used this paper as a a reference many times), "The Domain Name Service as
an IDS: How DNS can be used for detecting and monitoring badware in a
network":

http://staff.science.uva.nl/~delaat/snb-2005-2006/p12/report.pdf

- - ferg

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